Hiking Clubs in Indianapolis, IN

Hiking Clubs in Indianapolis, IN
Indiana has numerous hiking opportunities ranging from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan in the northwest corner of the state to the 23-mile Adventure Hiking Trail beginning at the Harrison Crawford State Park. Residents of Indianapolis enjoy a central location to all of Indiana's trails and the resources of three very active hiking clubs. Members of these clubs will have the choice of staying local and exploring the Indianapolis area or traveling as far as the Grand Canyon and the Great Smokey Mountains National Parks.

The Indianapolis Hiking Club

The Indianapolis Hiking Club has been in operation for 54 years and has more than 750 members. In 2009, the club sponsored 1,931 hikes, which was more than 17,000 people hiking nearly 110,000 miles. The club often hikes in the Indiana State Parks, State Forests, the Hoosier National Forest, Knobstone Trail and other wildlife refuges and rural communities. In 2010, the club extended its hikes to Tucson, Arizona, Smoky Mountain National Park and the Gettysburg battlefield. The club also has a social climate, sponsoring a Christmas party, summer picnic and up to five other club gatherings throughout the year.

Indianapolis Hiking Club

695 Old Plank Road

Franklin, IN 46131



Sierra Club -- Hoosier Chapter

The Sierra Club is an environmental organization that works to protect communities, wild places and the planet. The club's mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth. The Indiana Sierra Club, also known as the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club, has scheduled outings to accomplish the exploring and enjoying part of their mission including the Dunelands Hike-a-Month Club, hiking in a different Indiana location every month. The Heartlands Group has a weekly hike every Thursday that meets at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion.

Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter

1915 W. 18th St.

Indianapolis, IN 46202



Central Indiana Wilderness Club

The Central Indiana Wilderness Club is a volunteer club that organizes and provides backpacking, hiking and other wilderness adventures for its members. Trip destinations range from local, central Indiana to out-of-state trips as far away as the Grand Canyon. There are trips for novice hikers and veterans. Prices in 2010 range from $23 to $500 and include transportation, use of the club's cooking utensils and stoves, club water filters and park entrance fees. The club provides kids day hikes, picnics and bimonthly meetings. Meetings are held at the Holliday Park Nature Center and include a guest speaker that lectures on an outdoor topic. The club relies on volunteer leadership and offers additional outdoor education classes for its members such as Trip Leader Training and GPS Navigation.

Central Indiana Wilderness Club

P.O. Box 44351

Indianapolis, IN 46244


Article Written By Eric Duncan

Eric Duncan is a military veteran and a professional in the safety, travel and aviation industries. Duncan has been writing since 2002 for magazines, newspapers, local business literature and on such websites as Singletraks.com. He has earned his Bachelor of Science in professional aeronautics and his Master of Business Administration.

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